Lauren Book-Kim of Aventura will be on the field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13 representing the Florida Marlins as one of 30 “All-Stars Among Us.”
The program, launched by MLB and People Magazine last summer, recognizes individuals making extraordinary commitments to their communities: feeding the hungry, assisting the deaf and elderly, helping critically ill children.
Three extraordinary citizens representing each of MLB’s 30 teams were competing for a shot to be “All-Stars.” Fans cast 1.7 million votes – more than double last year’s figure – for the 30 finalists. One will be featured in a People Magazine article during All-Star week.
Book-Lim’s story is well-known locally. The daughter of prominent South Florida lobbyist Ron Book, Book-Lim was abused by a live-in nanny from age 10 to 16. She and her father have fought for tougher state laws to protect children from predators. Her Lauren’s Kids Foundation works to prevent sexual abuse and help survivors, through a hotline, counseling, and a curriculum to help kids learn how to prevent abuse.
In April, Book-Lim led a 500-mile walk from South Florida to the state Capitol in Tallahassee called “Walk in My Shoes” in recognition of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month.